The White Sox announced the cuts of 14 players following Monday's 1-0 loss to Cincinnati, including a few notables.
Ozzie Martinez was eliminated from the competition for a bench spot, as the infielder acquired from Miami as compensation for Ozzie Guillen was optioned to Triple-A. Martinez was hitless in 10 spring at-bats, drawing a walk while striking out three times. With Eduardo Escobar tearing up the Cactus League, there was little chance Martinez would've leapfrogged him in the battle for the last spot on the bench.
Nestor Molina was optioned to Double-A Birmingham, where he'll begin the 2012 season. Given the 23-year-old has only started five games above Single-A, that was to be expected, and it should put a damper on the probably-too-high expectation that Molina could see time in the majors this year.
Jhan Marinez, Anthony Carter, Deunte Heath, Donnie Veal, Simon Castro, Pedro Fernandez, Charlie Leesman were optioned to Triple-A, eliminating any chance they'll start the year in the major-league bullpen. All seven were longshots for the role anyway.
Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson were among those reassigned to minor league camp. Both outfielders had good showings in big league camp, impressing both at the plate and in the field.
Jose Quintana was optioned to Double-A Birmingham and Michael Blake and Tyler Kuhn were sent to minor league camp to round out the roster moves. The Sox now have 37 players in major-league camp.
NEW YORK -- As hot as he is, the White Sox want to prevent Austin Jackson from going on the disabled list.
So even though they’re not sure how long Jackson will be out, the White Sox are hopeful it won’t require 15 days. Jackson was out of the lineup Monday against the New York Mets and in the trainer’s room after he exited Sunday’s game with turf toe on his left foot. Jackson is hitting .464/.484/.607 with four RBIs over his last 31 plate appearances.
The White Sox recalled J.B. Shuck before Monday’s game and started him in center field in Jackson’s stead.
“We don’t necessarily if that’s DL worthy at this point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re going to try to treat him today, see how well it is. We know he can’t go today, but we don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks right away. With J.B. coming up it gives you a chance to fill out that outfield spot with a left-handed bat.”
“He’s been playing well, and I think that’s another part of it. You don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks if you don’t have to. If we can save a few days in there and get him back five days before a DL stint, it makes sense.”
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Austin Jackson exited Sunday’s game after battling turf toe on his left foot, according to a club official.
When he’ll return to the White Sox lineup isn’t yet certain. The injury comes at a time when Jackson is red hot at the plate and continuing to make big plays in the outfield.
Jackson, who finished 1-for-3 Sunday with a sac fly and two RBIs, has produced a .464/.500/.607 slash line in his last eight games.
The center fielder has been so good at the plate that White Sox manager Robin Ventura has batted him in the second spot in the lineup two days in a row. With Melky Cabrera needed for the middle of the lineup, Jackson has been Ventura’s best option. He entered Sunday with a team-high .697 OPS hitting second.
“I like Melky there, too,” Ventura said. “But (Jackson’s) at-bats have been better. Walking, fouling pitches off, getting on, he’s looked good up there.”
Jackson also turned in a sterling defensive play in the first inning as he made an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Kendrys Morales of extra bases. Jackson then fired a perfect strike to Tyler Saladino, whose relay to first doubled off Eric Hosmer.
Outfielder Adam Eaton has credited much of Jackson’s communication and defensive skills to his own improvement in right field.